Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Liebster Award: More about me (and the next nominees)

First, thanks to for tagging me in the great online game called the Liebster Award (apparently, it’s sort of like a chain letter for bloggers, except there’s no implied dire consequences). If I’ve tagged you and you don’t want to play, feel free to pretend none of this ever happened.

11 Facts About Me
1. “Return of the King” is the only book I’ve read in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. I read it all at once the evening after I first got back from seeing the movie version of “The Two Towers,” because my mother refused to tell me if anyone I cared about died in the third book.
2. Joss Whedon is a genius, but if I ever met him in person I’d probably punch him in the face. He’s hurt too many characters I love.
3.  I like the Monkees better than the Beatles. Yes, I know how desperately uncultured that makes me.
4. When I’m tired or in a hurry, I have a tendency to call people of both genders “dude.”
5. I didn’t have a car all through college. The skills I learned then in navigating public transportation have helped me out on every vacation I’ve ever taken since.
6. I have a long-term crush on Kiefer Sutherland. If I ever met him in person, I would probably do something to destroy what little dignity I possess.
7. Given the opportunity, I will usually sit on the floor rather than a chair. This is true even in my own living room, which means that my armchair ends up doubling as an extra table.
8. The most famous person I’ve ever interviewed (for my day job as an entertainment journalist) is Rita Moreno. She proved out to be charming, interesting, and the source of some fantastic quotes.  
9. I’m addicted to Chapstick. I must have a tube within arm’s reach at all times.
10. My head is large enough that I have a miserable time finding hats that fit.
11. I love buying coats and jackets, but I’m so warm all the time that I rarely ever wear them.

Answers to 11 Questions
1. What fictional world would you be most willing to live in?
I know this is cheating, but I’d have to pick the world in my novel “Fairy Godmothers, Inc.” I know all the rules, and my writer’s status would probably give me magic powers.
2. What verbal tic annoys you most?
I have so many verbal tics of my own that it would be incredibly hypocritical of me to take umbrage at anyone else’s.
3. If you could have one cancelled TV show resurrected, which would it be?
This is a tough one, because I have a terrible habit of falling in love with shows that are too quirky to live. A really good one would be “Life,” Damian Lewis’s series that ended in 2009, if only because the season/series finale is one of the most awesome hours of television I’ve ever experienced. I would love to have seen the aftermath of it.
4. If you could have one currently running TV show cancelled, which one would it be?
“Supernatural” on CW. I love the show and absolutely hate it at the same time, and the only way I will ever be completely free of the thing is if it goes off the air.
5. What’s the most surreal thing you’ve ever witnessed experienced?
With my book coming out, one of my co-workers at the newspaper wrote a story about my book that ended up going on my arts page. It was too long for the space, however, so I ended up making significant cuts on a story about me, written by someone else. For a journalist, that’s about one of the strangest experiences you can ever have.
6. What book do you think most urgently needs to be made into a movie that hasn’t been yet?
There should always be more Discworld movies in the world. I would love to see Sam Vimes in the flesh. 
7. What’s the first book that really scared you?
I wasn’t exactly scared, but certain parts of Mary Higgins Clark’s “Loves Music, Loves to Dance” did give me queasy feelings when I was a teenager.
8. What’s the first movie that really scared you?
"Carnosaur." It was the first movie I saw where the good guys lost in the last few minutes (quite horrifically, too). It traumatized me for years. 
9. What do you do to cheer yourself up when you really need it?
Read. Terry Pratchett is particularly good for those moments when I want to completely block out the world. 
10. What’s the strangest question that anyone (other than me) has asked you about your work?
If my book was a meal, what would it be?
11. What’s the answer to it?
I can’t tell you that, or the blogger who asked it will be annoyed that I spoilered her post.

11 New Nominees

 Kimba the Caffinated Book Reviewer

Rebecca Enzor

Sonia G. Medeiros

Dan Levinson

Lehua Parker

A Diary of a Book Addict

Kindred Dreamheart

Janet Jensen

Read, Rinse, Repeat

Kerry-Ann McDade

Cabin Goddess

11 New Questions

1. If you could be any kind of animal, what would it be?
2. Why would you want to be that animal?
3. Do you have any superstitions (that you’d be willing to share with your blog readers)?
4. What’s your favorite joke?
5. What’s your favorite dessert?
6.  Where’s your dream vacation destination?
7. What would your supervillain name be?
8. What would your supervillain power be?
9. If you had a time machine that would only work for one trip into the past (with a safe return as well), when would you go?
10. What’s your least favorite movie?
11. What movie do you feel is underappreciated?

The Liebster Rules:

1. The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by bloggers.
2. Each blogger should post 11 facts about himself / herself.
3. Each blogger should answer the 11 questions that are asked by the nominating blogger.
4. Choose 11 new bloggers to nominate for the Award and link to them in the post.
5. Create 11 new questions for your nominees.
6. Go back to their pages and tell them they’ve been nominated.
7. No tag backs.


  1. Thanks for tagging me! I'll post my answers next week :)

  2. appreciate the tag, and love your responses.